Helping the Community to Succeed
Alex Kpodonu Library
The main town of Atiavi is situated in Keta District in the Volta Region of Ghana, and its geographical coordinates are 5° 56' 0" North, 0° 52' 0" East. Atiavi is about 3 metres below sea level and 78 miles (125km) east of Accra which is about two and half hours drive away from the capital city of Ghana.
Atiavi is one of the oldest in the Anlo traditional area and comprises some ten settlements in which there are approximately 10,000 inhabitants and many countless more living outside. It is highly reputed for its cleanliness and the main town is situated at the confluence of the Keta lagoon and the Nuyi River.
About the Library Project
The library building is located on the main road leading to Atiavi town square (and a walking distance from Atiavi Senior High School). The project is still at the construction stage but steadily making progress and will hopefully be completed soon.
Books and Reading Materials
We have acquired in excess of 5,000 books
from England and have already shipped
over 4000 books to Atiavi in addition
to 7 computers which are currently
awaiting shipment. Most of the books
were sourced from the
open market in England. When I first
mentioned the idea of establishing a
community library at my town of origin
in Ghana, it was warmly received by
most of my colleagues at work were
very pleased and a few offered their
assistance by donating several books
to assist with the project.
I would like to express my sincere
gratitude to Debbie, Karen, Samantha
and Gary for their kind generosity in donating several books which have all been added to the library books collection.
Most of the books are based on variety of subjects across the various academic disciplines covering Arts, Science, Mathematics, Languages, ICT, Automotive Technology, Psychology, Hotel Management, Political Science, History, Children’s Readers, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Food Science, Sports, Economics, Nursing, Stock Market, Religion, Business Studies and many more.
The objectives of the library are to get the community reading and to stop the decline in educational standards of schools in the area.
The records of decline in academic performance at BECE level in the Region
The Volta Region was noted for being a region of great academicians in years gone by. But this can no longer be said about the same region today. The region has experienced a decline in its academic performance for some years now especially at the BECE level. This, therefore, calls for attention and action.
According to the Volta Regional Director of Education, more than 50% of all the candidates who sat for the 2011 BECE in the region may not gain admission to second cycle schools. He went on to say that the region has also recorded consistent decline in the BECE performance over the years, adding that in 2009 the region had 48.8% in 2010, 43.9% in 2011, 38% and a further decline in 2013 to 28%
In 2011, Akatsi District scored 33.34% out of the 52 Junior High School's, four schools had 100% while three schools obtained 0%. This means that about 66% of the candidates were not placed in any of the over 500 senior high, technical and vocational schools nationwide.
In the Keta Municipality in 2010, out of the 78 schools presented for that year's BECE, eight schools scored 100% pass while five of them scored 0% pass. Average performance for that year stood at about 50.86%. In 2011, the municipal presented 79 schools out of which 7 scored 100% pass and three of them scoring 0% with total percentage score standing at 50.50%. This also means that almost 50% of the candidates failed to secure a place in the second cycle institutions across the country.
In the newly created Ketu North District in 2010, out of the 54 Schools which took part in that year's BECE, only three schools scored 100% and seven of them scored 0% with a total percentage pass of 39.86%. This means over 60 % were not placed for admission. Still in 2011, out of the 59 schools which represented the district, none scored 100%, while 15 of them scored 0% pass.
The total percentage score for the entire district stood at 27.95%. This also means that year again, a little over 72% of the pupils who sat for that year's BECE could not be officially placed in any second cycle institutions countrywide... to cont reading click here (source joeldegue.blogspot.com)
Some individual and group efforts being made to improve the educational standards of schools in the region
The Anlo Education Trust Fund (AETF)
The Anlo Education Trust Fund launched a scholarship scheme for needy students in its constituent area of Anlo, and the Scheme, which targets recipients from the Keta Municipality is intended to help improve the quality of education by providing scholarships to qualified students as well as support to school infrastructure development and resourcing in Anlo.
The Fund was established in 2010, by Professor Gadzekpo who also procured and distributed 2,500 exercise books and 14 laptops to some selected basic schools in the Anlo State.
In a statement issued by the Board Chairman of the Trust, Prof. Victor Gadzekpo, stated that he noted with concern recent media reports of the poor performance of candidates in the last Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) conducted by the WAEC and in view of this, initiated the founding of AETF.
The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA,) Mr. George Blankson then commended the members of Board of Trustees of the Trust Fund for awarding scholarships to 24 fresh and continuing Senior High School students in the 2010 and 2011 financial years in Anlo in the Volta Region.
Vakpo Traditional Council Education Endowment Fund (VATRACEEF)
In 2010, when some schools scored zero percent pass in the BECE, Togbega Gbogbolulu V, Paramount Chief of the Vakpo Traditional Area took the bold step to reverse the downward trend in educational performance. He therefore instituted the VATRACEEF as a way of raising academic performance in his traditional area.
Just one year after the establishment, the fund started yielding great results and a miracle happened in the 2011 BECE. The traditional area scored hundred percent in the 2011 BECE with six students receiving the first package of scholarships. More importantly, the area produced the only two 'aggregate six' in the entire Kpando District.
As if that was not enough, a school in the area emerged first out of fifty-four schools in order of merit based on aggregates. How much did it take to cause such a stir in education in Vakpo Traditional Area? Just a seed money of GHC 10,000 which grew to GHC 40,000 only a year after... click here to read more
The John Gatsi Education Foundation
Mr John Gatsi's vision and generosity has enabled him to collaborate with others in setting up the Annual John G Gatsi Educational excellence award which aims to enhance the competitiveness of students by allowing all participating schools in the area to present five students to include two females to test their knowledge in Maths, English, Science and Social studies up to BECE level.
Some books and library equipments awaiting shipment